Recently I watched a very interesting documentary about Diana Vreeland, the notorious editor-in-chief of Vogue in the 1960´s. She was an extremely influential and inspirational woman for many of today´s leading fashion houses, and if you haven´t seen the documentary, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, and you are just remotely interested in either fashion, clothing or female business women of the mid-century, you really should watch it!
One interesting topic that was briefly mentioned in the film, was that Diana Vreeland saw something almost ritual in the act of getting dressed. She would spend the mornings wearing her housecoat, and then take her time to get properly dressed for the events that day would hold. I like that way of thinking. My daily routines rarely makes me have to get all dressed up until the afternoon, and I do spend a decent amount of time in my own (me-made) housecoat.
When I get dressed, I usually make sure I have enough time to plan then and there what to wear. I rarely plan my outfits, partly because I don´t have to, and also the weather can be so unpredictable, I normally don´t plan more than from day to day. If I have to get up early and be out of the house I usually prepare it the night before.
Back to Mrs. Vreesland, and her idea about the ritual. I really like this way of thinking. Probably because I can relate personally, but also, I think it is applicable in many different situations. If you ask an ethnologist or anthropologist they´ll probably tell you that everything we do is a ritual. So why not be aware of, and enjoy the daily rituals? Like getting dressed, reading blogs, drinking coffee (or tea). Take another look at the small components that makes up our day, and try to enjoy each and every one of them as much as possible.
Here´s my act of getting dressed:
- About an hour before I need to be out of the door, I look at the outside temperature, and then I take a shower.
- Then I apply skin care products in the bathroom, before heading back to the bedroom, sit on the bed, and gaze into my closet to see what to wear.
- During my shower the idea of the temperature has snuck into my subconsciousness, and I try to decide upon a weather appropriate, yet fun outfit.
- After getting dressed, I do my hair and make up, I gather all the things I need to bring with me, I give my darling a kiss (if he´s home), and I am out the door.
I would however want to incorporate more planning into my daily routines. Both because for very busy weeks, it could be nice to have a hunch of what to wear from day to day, but also because I just love planning (as you might have noticed from my recent stash busting endeavors). The third good reason for planning ahead is that I might get more use out of my accessories. I have to admit, that most of them live a sad life stuffed into a box somewhere, the more lucky ones are wall decoration in our bedroom. Very few gets to go out with me, though. I could have weekly themes, like “headbands” or “necklaces”. That would be neat, right? And the weather issue could be solved with more flexibility in layering, perhaps?
I am curious, what does your routine look like? Do you take much less time than me? Much more? Do you plan ahead, or do you just pull on whatever is clean? Do you have different routines for different events? And when do you take the most time? Oh, and do you wish for different routines? I´d love to know!